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Rob Cowan
Gramophone, February 2017

It seems obvious to me that Michael Gielen proposes we listen to Brahms for the sake of his musical arguments rather than for the lustrous sounds that he’s capable of conjuring, an approach that strikes me as eminently sensible, and a valid alternative to various fleshier interpretative options. The sound is for the most part extremely good. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Bruce Surtees
The WholeNote, January 2017

Throughout the five discs we are treated to a celebration of Brahms as an inspired, virile composer and not an aging bearded gentleman. Gielen’s Brahms is not lugubrious but is vital and optimistic, the textures throughout are translucent while still maintaining a suitable foundation in the low strings and tympani. The perfectly engineered sound throughout is full-bodied and clearly detailed. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, October 2016

Michael Gielen’s Brahms is intense and forward driving, rhythmically spontaneous, finally shaded, with the full power of dramatic climaxes and beautiful lyrical passages. © 2016 Pizzicato



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, September 2016

…an outstanding set, well worth getting. …nearly everything else is on an extremely high level that will intrigue and thrill you. © 2016 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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